There’s only one way to get David Seymour and, by extension, the ACT party, out of parliament and out of government this election, and that’s for all Epsom lefties to cast their electorate vote for National’s candidate, Paul Goldsmith.
A radical suggestion, to be sure.
Let’s look at the numbers.
Here’s the 2014 election results for Epsom:
|Green||Julie Anne Genter||3,021||8.15|
So, last election, National’s Paul Goldsmith was 11.47% behind David Seymour. Labour’s Michael Wood and the Greens’ Julie Anne Genter recieved a combined 17.51% of the vote. If just two thirds of these lefty voters had cast their vote for Paul Goldsmith, David Seymour and his radical agenda would be out of parliament for good.
Earlier in the year, ACT also published some electorate polling, which gives us somewhat of a better view of where support lies:
*poll was done when Julie Anne Genter was still the Green candidate, so I’ll assume Coates has her support
Also, this poll is likely to overstate Seymour’s support, as it was published by the ACT party
Here, Seymour is 16% ahead of Goldsmith. Parker and Coates have a combined 22%. Again, if those lefty voters instead voted for Goldsmith, Seymour would be out of parliament.